‘Dragon Tattoo’ Casting News & Update

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:11 pm,

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake Dragon Tattoo Casting News & Update

Things are starting to heat up for director David Fincher’s English-language adaptation of the first entry in Stieg Larsson’s hit Millenium trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

The official announcement that Daniel Craig will star as journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the film was released earlier this week.  Fincher is expected to announce his choice for the role of Lisbeth Salander in two weeks time, as pre-production on Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is scheduled to begin next month.

Fincher is reportedly determined to remain faithful to the novel’s version of Salander, a 24-year old, 4’11” computer hacker genius described as being “a pale, anorexic young woman who had hair as short as a fuse, and a pierced nose and eyebrows… born thin, with slender bones that made her look girlish.”

Several actresses rumored as serious contenders for the role – including one-time front runner Carey Mulligan – are apparently no longer in the running, due to the age/height requirements.

There are now four remaining candidates – all relative unknowns – to play the part of Salander: Australians Sophie Lowe and Sarah Snook, American Rooney Mara (co-star of Fincher’s The Social Network), and French performer Léa Seydoux (Robin Hood).

L to R: Sophie Lowe, Rooney Mara, and Léa Seydoux

Screenwriter Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) is penning the new Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and will work directly from the source material.  Fincher has also revealed that the Swedish setting will remain as well, since he feels that (in my opinion, rightly) the chilling atmosphere of that region is most appropriate for the dark, Noirish story.

The American remake will most likely be R-Rated, which is also fitting given the graphic content of Larsson’s novel.  The subject matter (which includes that of institutionalized prejudice and misogyny, homicide, and rape) is simply too intense for a PG-13 flick.  Fortunately, handling macabre narrative material is arguably Fincher’s forte so he should be up for the challenge.

Although Fincher has the option to direct the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, he insists that there are currently no plans to shoot two films back-to-back.  His feelings on the matter are quite reasonable, mainly that “You got to make one [movie] that people want to see a sequel to before you can make a sequel.”

girl with the dragon tattoo movie Dragon Tattoo Casting News & Update

Could Girl With the Dragon Tattoo reach Da Vinci Code levels of financial success?  The Millenium books are popular enough to at least ensure a solid if not spectacular turnout at the box office.

Fincher has the benefit of working with far less preposterous and inherently silly material than Ron Howard did in his Dan Brown adaptation.  That should work in favor of the film’s critical prospects.

Now we just have to hope Daniel Craig doesn’t start sporting a Tom Hanks-inspired mullet anytime soon. 😉

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will make its way into theaters in December of 2011.

Source: MTV, The Daily Beast

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  1. ^will make not will makes

    • shh Apu wrote the article — “The Girl With Dragon Tattoos will makes its way into theaters December 2011—thank you, come again!”

  2. The role of Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming movie The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo should go to Ellen Page. She has the look I envision of Lisbeth and she could pull off the I don’t give a damn attitude of Lisbeth.

  3. Lisbeth is supposed to be 4’11”. Not 5’5”.

      • What makes you think they are considering Evan Rachel Wood?

  4. Where did 5’5 come from? 4’11!!! as Mel Parker pointed out.

    I really think Ellen Page is the right physical fit and has proven herself in this kind of role time and time again.

    • @ Melanie Parker & A-K87

      My apologies. As you rightly pointed out, Salander is described as being 4’11” in the original books.

      To clarify – no one over 5’5” in height is being considered for the part as Fincher has deemed them “too tall.”

      Sorry for the mixup – my bad.

    • yes, she would be good. I think also Kristen Stewart could pull off the FU attitude that Salander has but she doesn’t have the acting chops in my opinion.

  5. This remake is gonna be epic, David Fincher is an amazing Director.

  6. It wont come close to the financial success of the massively prehyped DaVinci Code because of the subject matter, lack of star-power, and if it’s true to the source material -VERY rated R.

  7. Rooney Mara looks familiar..

    • she was nancy in the nightmare on elm street reboot

  8. I saw and rented the foreign version of this movie at Redbox, I’m sure if you look for it at Redbox the foreign version is already there.

  9. It should be…Keylee Jade Flanders

    I’m holding out for a long shot. Make it happen Fincher.

  10. Two phyisically appropriate, not over-exposed and talented actresses:

    Alexis Dziena
    Nora Zehetner

    Either could do the role justice.